Here is a new segment we like to call "Two Steps Back" updating you on all the bass-akwards things the administration has done this week. Sometimes there aren't enough days in the week to cover all the unfortunate goings-on of this God-forsaken administration
EPA PROTECTIONS ROLLBACKS
Thanks but no thanks, Obama. That's what our "presidential president" said on Tuesday, March 28th when he signed an order rolling back Obama's climate change agenda. Here is a fun summary of the effects of this order:
- Instructs the EPA to formally consider repealing the Clean Power Plan, which set a 32 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2030.
- Asks federal regulators to consider repealing the EPA's carbon limits for new power plants, as well as EPA/Interior Dept. methane emissions standards for oil and natural gas drilling.
- Stops Interior's moratorium on new coal-mining leases on federal land.
- Stops policies asking federal agencies to consider climate change in environmental reviews.
Apparently clean air is soooo 2016.
Yes, this is very overwhelming and frustrating, but keep in mind that states still have control over how they treat their land and their power generation.
Monday, March 27, AG Sessions announced the new plan to cut federal grants to sanctuary cities. Sanctuary cities are locales that choose not to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal officials for deportation. The Washington Post has an excellent breakdown of how the status of a "sanctuary city" plays out upon the arrest of an undocumented individual (who is arrested for something unrelated to their immigration status). In the 168 counties where most immigrants live, about 69 of them do not turn over detainees based on their immigration status.
"Not complying with 1373, Sessions warned, could “result in withholding grants, termination of grants, and disbarment or ineligibility for future grants.” He added that the Department of Justice will “also take all lawful steps to claw back any funds awarded to a jurisdiction that willfully violates 1373.” This would impact what he described as an expected $4.1 billion in federal grants."
Let's be clear: It is not illegal for cities or counties to choose to be sanctuary cities. In fact, 8 U.S.C. 1373 only prohibits limitations on sharing data with the federal government. It does not impose any affirmative obligation to do so. Here is a simple statutory fact sheet from the Immigration Legal Resource Center, if you're interesting in learning more.
ACTIONS re: LACK OF OXYGEN
Call your state-level officials and urge them to commit to green energy in your state.
Consider mentioning how clean energy jobs are actually outnumber fossil fuel jobs by 2.5 to 1. In fact, Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Indiana, where jobs in renewable energy “vastly exceeded jobs in the fossil fuel industry,” according to Sierra Club’s analysis. Many of these places also happen to be states that helped Trump win the presidential election in November. (From ThinkProgress)
ACTIONS re: STATE SANCTIONS
Mayors across the country are fighting back and teaming up. Call yours today and thank them for their support of your community. You can find your mayor by searching your city here, and navigating to their website for contact info.
Call the Justice Dept. and let AG Sessions know the American people stand against this racist and manipulative measure. Department Comment Line: 202-353-1555